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In addition to having eight arms and being masters of disguise, octopuses also have three hearts and nine brains. Two of the hearts pump blood to the gills, while the third circulates blood to the rest of the body. And no, this was no typo, octopuses use one central brain to control their nervous systems and a small brain in each arm to control movement. 📸: Kondratuk Aleksei #ocean


Oceana has already won victories that protect more than one million miles of ocean, continually seeking ways to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were. Learn more about Oceana’s mission and what you can do to help on our website- OCEANA.org/Take-Action. 📷: Tomas Kotouc


Once on land, adélie penguins build nests and line them with small stones. Though they strut with a “penguin waddle” they are capable walkers who can cover long overland distances. In early spring, before the vast sheets of ice break up, they may have to walk 31 miles from their nests to reach open water. Find out more about these lovable seabirds on our marine encyclopedia (OCEANA.org/marine-life) 📸: Shutterstock #SeaBirdSaturday #ocean


Good morning! Have a great #Saturday! 📸: Shvaygert Ekaterina #ocean #cute #babyanimals


Reaching sizes of at least 16 inches, the Spanish dancer is the largest nudibranch in the #ocean. This sea slug doesn’t blend well with its surroundings, but it’s bright coloring, as with many other sea slugs, serves as a warning to predators that it’s not tasty or safe to eat. Though this species spends most of its time crawling along the reef surface, it will swim when threatened, violently flapping and displaying its brightest warning colors. 📸: Jill Samzow


Southern sea #otters, green sea #turtles, West Indian manatees and many other beloved ocean #animals would be extinct – gone forever – if not for the Endangered Species Act. Tell your members of Congress to protect imperiled ocean life by opposing any legislation that would weaken the Endangered Species Act by following the link in our bio. 📸: Andy Deitsch #ocean


Meet the bluespotted ray! These colorful creatures can be found throughout Indian and Pacific Oceans in nearshore, coral reef-associated habitats. 📸: Shutterstock: Serg Dibrova #ocean


Happy #FishFriday! 🐠 The ocean sunfish, or mola, develop their bullet-like shape because their back fins simply never grow. Instead, it folds into itself as it matures, creating a rounded rudder called a clavus. Mola in Latin means "millstone" which describes this species circular shape. They can often be found basking in the sun near the surface and are often mistaken for sharks when their huge dorsal fins rise above the water. 📸: Shutterstock #ocean #fish


💤 Sweet dreams! 📸: Shutterstock #ocean #sealions #marinelife #cute


INSTAGRAM STORY ALERT! #Orcas are one of a few marine animals to use a technique called ‘spy-hopping’. Scientists think they poke their heads out of the water like this to get a better viewpoint above the ocean’s surface when hunting. To learn more about orcas, check out our story! 📸: Tory Kallman #ocean #marinelife


Introducing the blue glaucus, the newest member of Oceana’s marine encyclopedia! Also known as the blue dragon, sea swallow or blue angel, the blue glaucus is a species of brightly colored sea slug and can be found throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in temperate and tropical waters. Like most nudibranchs, this species incorporates toxic chemicals or stinging cells from its prey into its own skin. This ability provides the blue glaucus with a defense mechanism against predation. Get a more in-depth look at this nudibranch on our website- OCEANA.org/marine-life. 📸: Sylke Rohrlach #ocean #marinelife


Every year, between 63 and 273 million #sharks are caught and killed because of #fishing. Oceana’s new report, published today (link in bio), shows how technology can be used to shed light on the potential interactions between fishing vessels and sharks. By showing the overlap of fishing activity with tagged blue sharks, the report demonstrates a cutting-edge approach to studying the impacts of commercial fishing activities on marine wildlife and opening the door for future conservation efforts. 📸: Terry Goss #ocean


This is my last post for the day, and I couldn’t think of a better way to close than with a picture of these beautiful ocean giants. Humpback whales are known for their complex songs, which can be heard from miles away. Let’s make sure these whales keep singing. I’m wrapping up my meetings with members of Congress for the day, but you can still help right now. Click the link in Oceana’s bio to #DefendMarineMammals. This is @MirandaCosgrove saying thanks for tuning in and for all you do for our #oceans! 📸: Shutterstock / Michael Smith


I was lucky enough to swim with #dolphins while shooting an Oceana PSA in 2013. Dolphins are just one of the many marine mammals that have benefited from the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Unfortunately, a new bill in Congress seeks to gut this important law, making it easier to harm marine mammals in the pursuit of oil and gas deep below the ocean’s surface. Please join me in making sure it doesn’t pass - head to the link in Oceana’s bio to tell Congress to reject any changes to the MMPA. 📸: Tim Calver #DefendMarineMammals @mirandacosgrove


This gray seal and I have something in common: we both love relaxing on the beach. Although protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), gray seals continue to face threats including boat strikes, entanglement in fishing gear and marine debris, meaning they still depend on this law for their well-being. Follow my lead -- use the link in Oceana’s bio to tell Congress to #DefendMarineMammals. 📸: Dave M. Hunt @mirandacosgrove


Hi everyone - @MirandaCosgrove here! I’m taking over Oceana’s Instagram today while I’m in Washington, D.C. I’m speaking with members of Congress about the need to defend the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), a critically important law that protects #dolphins – like my swimming buddy here! – whales, seals and other marine mammals in U.S. waters. Right now, these protections are under attack and marine mammals will suffer the consequences if we don’t help. Follow along with me throughout the day as I share photos of some of my favorite marine mammals. To help, use the link in Oceana’s bio to tell Congress to #DefendMarineMammals. 📸: Tim Calver


Want to fight climate change? To do that, you should help protect sharks. Find out more about how sharks fight climate change (hint: it involves scaring sea turtles) in our latest #blog at OCEANA.org/blog. 📸: Shutterstock / Willyam Bradberry #sharks #ocean


Without conservation laws like the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the future for dolphins, whales, seals and other marine mammals could be bleak. The MMPA safeguards these important animals from harmful human activities such as oil and gas exploration. Don’t let special interests risk these vital protections. Tell Congress to #DefendMarineMammals and #StandForOceans by following the link in our bio.


Friday is your last chance to enter the #ArtivismChallenge from @oceanic.global and Alpha’a. Artists from around the world are encouraged to create a visual representation of a critical issue our #oceans face and submit for consideration. The winners will be unveiled during Art Basel Miami Week 2017. Check out @oceanic.global to learn more. 📷: Oceana / Steve DeNeef #artivismchallenge #oceanicglobal


When you realize it's only #Tuesday... 📸: Shutterstock / Kayla A #sealion #babyanimals #ocean


Restoring the oceans would feed ONE BILLION people a healthy seafood meal each day. Oceana campaigns worldwide for policy change that can restore and increase #ocean biodiversity and abundance. Save the oceans, feed the world. Learn more on our website at OCEANA.org. 📸: Oceana / Claudio Almarza


Home is where the… anemone is? Common #clownfish live within the tentacles of a variety of venomous anemones. Mucous covers each individuals body and protects them from the anemones stinging cells that it uses to kill other fishes to eat. This relationship provides the common clownfish with some protection from predation by other fishes. 📷: Shutterstock #ocean #marinelife #fish


Say hello to this #baby elephant seal! Elephant seal pups will gain about 10 pounds a day. Found in the Antarctic, they’ll grow to be the largest of all seals. Males can be over 20 feet long and weigh up to 8,800 pounds. But they aren't called elephant seals because of their size, it's because of their trunk-like inflatable snouts, only featured on males. 📸: Shutterstock / David Osborn #ocean #seal #cute


Why does the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) matter? Because for the last 45 years, this vital law has protected marine mammals in U.S. waters from being harmed or killed. Today, thanks to the MMPA, dolphins, seals and whales have a fighting chance for survival. We must continue to #DefendMarineMammals and show that we will always #StandForOceans.


This is Stevie Nicks, who is another one of the more curious mantas. Most of the time when see the animals, they are alone and traveling. However, sometimes we find them feeding, which is pretty cool behavior to see, because they do these backflips loops in the water. So far, I’ve seen up to six mantas together in the same area, and they were all feeding. That same day was the first time I’d ever seen a manta do aerial flips out of the water – it never gets old. Thanks for tuning in to my takeover of Oceana’s Instagram! I hope my photos have inspired you to help protect mantas and our oceans. 📸: Bethany Augliere #ocean


Most of these mantas are pretty wary of humans, and biologists suspect it could be because they are young and cautious of predators. However, sometimes they are quite curious. Mantas actually have the largest brains of any fish and certain studies suggest they could even be self –aware. In this photo, Ginger spent about 5 minutes circling beneath me, checking me out and getting up close to the camera. It’s hard not to think someone is behind those eyes. 📸: @bethanyaugliere


Nico is one of about 30 individual mantas being studied by Marine Megafauna Foundation’s Florida project. If you’re curious, we identify individual mantas by their unique belly spots. Biologist Jessica Pate often finds these young mantas cruising in shallow water, in anywhere from just a few feet up to 40 feet. Often times, studying and photographing the mantas takes place in very difficult field and photography conditions. The water can be stirred up with sand and visibility can be as little as just a couple feet in dark green water. 📷: @bethanyaugliere #marinelife


Hi everyone! I’m Bethany Augliere, a marine biologist and conservation photographer, and I’m taking over Oceana’s Instagram today. I’ll be sharing photos from a project I’ve been working on to document Florida’s mysterious manta rays and the biologist working to understand them. I’d like to introduce you to Kevin (seen here), who is a young giant manta, about 8 feet in length. As an adult, he could span up to 23 feet in width. Giant mantas are world’s largest rays that live in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. I first photographed Kevin in July off the coast of South Florida and have since seen him several times. 📸: @bethanyaugliere #oceans


Biologists think pufferfish developed their ability to puff up because their slow and clumsy swimming makes them vulnerable to predators. Pufferfish use their highly elastic stomachs and the ability to quickly ingest huge amounts of water (or air when necessary) to turn themselves into an inedible balloon. But even if a predator manages to snag a puffer before it inflates, they haven’t gotten away just yet. Almost all pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, a substance that makes them taste bad and is often lethal to fish. To humans, tetrodotoxin is deadly, up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. There is enough of this toxin in one pufferfish to kill 30 adult humans, and there is no known antidote. 📸: Shutterstock #ExpectedlyCute #UnexpectedlyDeadly


Narwhals aren't just pretty "unicorns of the sea", there's more to these marine mammals than meets the eye. Narwhals are champion divers with the ability to hold their breath for 26 minutes! These long-toothed wonders have been recorded diving as far as one mile below the surface, making them one of the deepest diving animals. Want to learn more about these iconic ocean inhabitants? Check out our latest #blog by going to OCEANA.org/blog